Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 23 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and four cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here:

Ways to Connect

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After three months’ intervention, animal rescue operations are largely wrapping up at a homestead near Veneta that was previously overrun with cats.  Reporter Brian Bull has this update exclusive to KLCC.

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The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing December 4th, to determine next steps regarding President Trump’s alleged abuse of power.  If articles of impeachment are drafted, a Senate trial will likely happen in early 2020.

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Recently, Eugene City Mayor Lucy Vinis and EPD Chief Chris Skinner came to KLCC to discuss a number of topics with reporter Brian Bull, including the formation of Wake Up Eugene, a group of more than a hundred business owners frustrated with vandalism, litter, and harassment committed by transients across the downtown. The conversation detailed work being done on tackling homelessness in Lane County, the distinction between "homelessness" and "lawlessness", and how progress is faring on some long-term strategies, including the TAC report.

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Sexual assault and harassment on cruise ships, airliners, passenger trains, and ridesharing services would be reported under legislation penned by Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio. 

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This summer, we reported on an initiative where homeless people were hired to clean up after encampments in the downtown Eugene area. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the service is back.

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Ongoing vandalism and harassment against area shops and restaurants are straining relationships between businesses and the homeless community. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new group of business owners is imploring officials to confront an issue they say only keeps getting worse.

There’s a big reveal today (11/26) with Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis.  She says with the Downtown Riverfront development creating many fresh features, this includes several new roads.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is stepping up efforts to get Native Americans and Alaskan Natives more fully counted next year, which includes those living in Oregon and Idaho.  

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Another challenger is after Congressman Peter DeFazio’s seat.  Cassidy Clausen says he respects the incumbent Democratic representative, but it’s time for new ideas in the 4th Congressional District of Oregon.

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Dozens of county officials are in Eugene this week, for the annual Association of Oregon Counties conference.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the keynote issue is housing.

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Here’s some news you’ll definitely want to take sitting down: Tuesday is World Toilet Day. We’re sure you’re already on the edge of your seat. If you can handle it, KLCC’s Brian Bull plunges into issues raised by local toilet advocates on this solid occasion. 

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

A Springfield native turned astrophysicist is excited for newly-released data on the Parker Solar Probe.

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A former fire chief is announcing his bid for Eugene City Council, Ward 8. 

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The Eugene 4-J school district wants local input on how to spend the $12 million they expect from the Oregon Legislature.

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With the final steps of an action planning phase at hand, City of Eugene officials are asking for public input on the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan.

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Before her coverage of the Parkland Shooting earned her a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Tonya Alanez was an editor-in-chief for Lane Community College’s student newspaper, The Torch.  She’s also a “Duck”, having graduated from the University of Oregon in 2003.  Alanez stopped by KLCC studios yesterday after speaking engagements at her alma mater.  KLCC’s Brian Bull asked her about her early life before becoming an acclaimed journalist.

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A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist with Oregon ties says it’s tough times for both people of color and the press. 

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An air quality advisory for much of Oregon and southwest Washington that was initially expected to last only through Tuesday night, has now been extended for at least a week.

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Last night, voters across the KLCC listening area made their voices heard on a number of ballot measures.  KLCC's Anni Katz has a summary of what went down Election Night, across a six-county area.

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Benton County made its case to voters to create a taxing district specifically to cover 911 emergency dispatch services.  And voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 20-303 last night, with 61 percent saying “yes”.

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Voters in Deschutes County have renewed a tax for funding a program that alleviates dust in the Newberry Estates Special Road District in La Pine.

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The City of Coburg will increase its fuel tax from three cents to six cents per gallon.

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With 82 percent approving of a measure in the November 5th special election, voters have decided that the City of Eugene’s new payroll tax will be capped. 

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As of 1:00 pm today, Lane County Elections officials say they've counted 27,126 ballots so far that've arrived at their main office.  That’s a 22 percent return from registered voters.


Last February’s heavy snowstorm disrupted many communities across Lane County, including the city of Oakridge. Thousands of downed trees closed Highway 58 for almost a week.  Residents also coped with power outages and a stuck train.

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Poor air conditions across the region have led agencies to announce smoke bans and advisories. 

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The waste and refuse left at homeless encampments has been an issue for many local governments, including the City of Eugene.  Earlier this summer we reported on ongoing efforts to clean up several islands in the Willamette River. But it’s also a problem beyond city limits.  Recently, KLCC’s Brian Bull ventured out into the Willamette National Forest to check on clean-up efforts there as well.

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A ballot measure goes before voters next Tuesday (November 5th) that would cap the City of Eugene’s new payroll tax if approved.

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Hemp proponents are pleased that the USDA has formally announced the creation of a national hemp production program. A requirement of the 2018 Farm Bill, it will provide regulation of all U.S. hemp production.